Life As We Knew It

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By: Susan Beth Pfeffer

I don’t recall where I first saw this book mentioned, but the overall idea appeals to me.  The story follows a teenage girl’s diary in the days that lead up to, and all the days that follow a meteor hitting the moon and knocking it closer into Earth’s orbit.  All the massive changes that follow create chaos, and drastically change life on Earth.

At first, I was a bit thrown off by the diary format of the book.  It seemed very non-traditional, and hard to follow.  After some reading, I got into it, though, and found it to be a great way to portray the story.  It allowed for an interesting mix of 1st person thoughts and information while still giving a pretty good overall view of the changes, and interactions of the characters.  I was attracted by the almost apocalyptic topic, but was convinced to read further by the great characters that Pfeffer has written.  She’s nailed the family dynamic nicely, as well as the teenage girl perspective.

The writing, and plot move along nicely.   It’s a YA novel, so it’s intended for an audience that is a fair bit younger than I am.  Which means it was a pretty easy read for me as well.  I did find the diary format a bit difficult at times.  There were several entries, where Miranda (the diary’s author), is recounting long conversations with a member of her family, or an encounter with another of the townsfolk that just felt like they were too exact.  Maybe it’s just me, but I rarely remember every word of every conversation.  At least, not enough to write it down later in the day.  But, if you over look that, I think it’s a very good novel.

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